rascal

Definitions

  • "'You young rascal!'"
    "'You young rascal!'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n rascal one who is playfully mischievous
    • n rascal a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
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"'COME AND EXPLAIN YOURSELF, YOU RASCAL.'" "'COME AND EXPLAIN YOURSELF, YOU RASCAL.'"

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rascal A mean, trickish fellow; a base, dishonest person; a rogue; a scoundrel; a trickster. "For I have sense to serve my turn in store,
      And he's a rascal who pretends to more."
    • a Rascal Of or pertaining to the common herd or common people; low; mean; base. "The rascal many.""The rascal people.""While she called me rascal fiddler."
    • Rascal One of the rabble; a low, common sort of person or creature; collectively, the rabble; the common herd; also, a lean, ill-conditioned beast, esp. a deer. "He smote of the people seventy men, and fifty thousand of the rascal .""Poor men alone? No, no; the noblest deer hath them [horns] as huge as the rascal ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rascal The commonalty of people; the vulgar herd; the general mass.
    • n rascal In hunting, a refuse or despicable beast or class of beasts; an animal, or animals collectively, unfit to chase or to kill, on account of ignoble quality or lean condition; especially, a lean deer.
    • n rascal A low or vulgar person; one of the rabble; a boor or churl.
    • n rascal A low or mean fellow; a tricky, dishonest person; a rogue; a knave; a scamp: used in objurgation with much latitude, and often, like rogue, with slight meaning. Compare rascally.
    • rascal Paltry; worthless; unworthy of consideration; in a special use, unfit for the chase, as a lean deer: used of things or animals.
    • rascal Low; mean; base; common; ignoble; vulgar; knavish: used of persons, formerly with reference to class or occupation, but now only with an implication of moral baseness or dishonesty.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rascal ras′kal a dishonest fellow: a knave, rogue, scamp
    • adj Rascal worthless: mean
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Quotations

  • William Shakespeare
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    “I am bewitched with the rogue's company. If the rascal have not given me medicines to make me love him, I'll be hanged.”
  • Aristotle
    Aristotle
    “Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.”
  • Joseph De Maistre
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    “I do not know what the heart of a rascal may be, but I know what is in the heart of an honest man; it is horrible.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
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    “Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Next to the prosperity of a good person, I am best pleased with the confusion of a rascal.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “Self-denial is not a virtue, it is only the effect of prudence on rascality.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. rascaille, rabble, probably from an OF. racaille, F. racaille, the rabble, rubbish, probably akin to F. racler, to scrape, (assumed) LL. rasiculare, rasicare, fr. L. radere, rasum,. See Rase (v.)

Usage

In literature:

It was only last night I run two thieving rascals off my land.
"Canoe Boys and Campfires" by William Murray Graydon
I sent out Rascal to get information.
"Peter Schlemihl" by Adelbert von Chamisso
I think it is possible I have given that rascal a lesson he will not forget in a hurry.
"Frank Merriwell's Races" by Burt L. Standish
Another search was at once instituted for Bill Dangler, but the rascal was not captured.
"The Rover Boys on the Farm" by Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
How scared the old rascal was when I fired!
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
Who's this suborned rascal you have been telling us about?
"VC -- A Chronicle of Castle Barfield and of the Crimea" by David Christie Murray
Time's comin' when them rascals air goin' to git caught.
"Darry the Life Saver" by Frank V. Webster
These Spaniards are hot-blooded fellows, and they make dangerous rascals.
"Frank Merriwell Down South" by Burt L. Standish
In a twinkling Dave had broken that rascal's right wrist, forcing the fellow to drop his weapon.
"Dave Darrin on Mediterranean Service" by H. Irving Hancock
He had seen Cuffer last on that corner, but where the rascal had gone was a question.
"The Rover Boys on Treasure Isle" by Edward Stratemeyer (AKA Arthur M. Winfield)
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In poetry:

Then hold on, brethren of the South—
They tell me Abolition 's dying:
This cry 's in almost ev'ry mouth,
Unless you think the rascal 's lying.
"The Slave-Holder’s Apology" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
The black blude shot intil the king's face
He wasna bonny to see:
"The rascal skipper! he lichtlies oor grace!—
Gar hang him heigh on yon tree."
"The Yerl O' Waterydeck" by George MacDonald
He foam'd at the mouth with the rage he felt
And he wrinkled his black eye-brow,
That rascal Joe would be at me I know,
But zounds let him spare me now.
"The Surgeon's Warning" by Robert Southey
you eat,
But here you may come, and no tax we require,
You may loudly condemn what you greatly admire;
You may growl at our wishes and pains to excel,
And may snarl at the rascals who please you so
"The Borough. Letter XI: Inns" by George Crabbe
Then mayst thou joy and be right glad,
Although in woe I seem to moan,
Thy father is no rascal lad,
A noble youth of blood and bone;
His glancing looks, if he once smile, Right honest women may beguile.
"A Sweet Lullaby" by Nicholas Breton
We know what rascal might has defiled,
The lofty innocence that it has slain,
Were we not born in the peasant's cot
Where men forgive if the belly gain?
More dread the life that we live,
How can the mind forgive?
"Three Marching Songs" by William Butler Yeats

In news:

Rascal Flatts with special guests Little Big Town, Eli Young Band, and Edens Edge.
A country trio known primarily for its pleasing harmony and Grammy-winning songcraft, Rascal Flatts are comprised of Gary LeVox, Jay Demarcus, and Joe Don Rooney.
Rascal Flatts to Join Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Beer O' The Week: White Rascal .
(PHOTO: J.T WAMPLER) White Rascal from Avery Brewing Co.
In Boulder, Colo. White Rascal from Avery Brewing Co.
Rascal Flatts performs at the CMA Music Festival June 10 in Nashville.
For Rascal Flatts, it was much simpler.
It's a Y100 party with Rascal Flatts and special guest The Band Perry.
Behind the Scenes with Rascal Flatts Video.
Rascal Flatts have laid out the dates for their summer concert trek.
Rascal Flatts performs at the CMA Music Festival on June 10 in Nashville, Tenn.
It was no coincidence that Rascal Flatts chose "Changed" as the title of its new album.
Rascal Flatts with lead singer Gary LeVox performed for a packed crowd in Chula Vista on Sept 15, 2012.
Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox, left, Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus release their sixth studio album, Unstoppable, on Tuesday.
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In science:

Rascal: Calculation of graph similarity using maximum common edge subgraphs.
MUDOS-NG: Multi-document Summaries Using N-gram Graphs (Tech Report)
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